Foreign newspapers have revealed that Hezbollah and “high-level”
Iranian and Russian leaders have called for supporting the appointment of Faleh al-Fayyad
as Iraq’s new interior minister, noting that Hezbollah has informed leaders of
the Shiite political parties in Baghdad to this extent.
Newspapers reported that "the Lebanese militia Hezbollah is interfering in internal political affairs in Iraq, especially the efforts to form the latest government."
The newspaper quoted Iraqi sources as saying that "the official heading the Iraqi file in the Lebanese Hezbollah, Abu Muhammad al-Kawtharani, with the support of high-level leaders in Iran and Russia, informed the Shiite political parties in Baghdad of the need to support the nomination of Faleh al-Fayyad to become minister of interior following Muqtada al-Sadr’s rejection of him, pointing to the official relations between Fayyad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."
The sources said, "the leaders of the Building Coalition urged Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to support the nomination of Fayyad to the Ministry of Interior and Qusay al-Suhail to the Ministry of Justice," indicating that "the coalition told Abdul Mahdi that it will not allow any bloc to intervene and obstruct the appointment of these figures in the mentioned ministries."
The newspaper quoted former interior minister and the current MP for Fatah Alliance Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban that "his bloc insists on supporting Fayyad for the post of Ministry of Interior."
Fayyad had been blocked by Sadr’s Saairun Alliance in parliament during the initial nominations of Abdul Mahdi’s cabinet.